Montclair high schooler Ava Goyal is the Academy of the Holy Angels’ candidate for the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology.

Goyal, a junior at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, was leading her middle school STEM team into national competition when she realized how the sciences yield positive solutions to global issues, according to an Academy of Holy Angels' announcement.

She views the Governor’s School program as an opportunity to address problems with a creative, open mindset, according to the release.

“I hope to have many opportunities to brainstorm scientific ways to address issues that are
prevalent in our society,” Goyal said announcement. “In the future, I can envision myself participating in challenging courses and pursuing a career in the sciences with joy. This course will certainly equip me with the skills and experience needed to embark on my journey toward a career in the sciences.”

She has studied psychology and medicine at AHA, and completed a social entrepreneurship program at Brown University, a psychology class at Barnard College, and “Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor” at Columbia University, the announcement said.

Goyal is also a member of the executive board of AHA's Operation Smile organization, a member of the National Italian Honor Society and is currently serving her second term as vice president of the Class of 2023.